Card-based instant payment – Initiating a SEPA Credit Transfer at the Point of Sale

4 mai 2020

Smart Payment Association (SPA), the global trade body of the smart payments industry, today publishes proposals for an Instant Payment Card that would extend SEPA instant Credit Transfer functionality to consumers paying at point of sale (POS) terminals in stores and retail outlets across Europe.

Often termed the closest thing to paying with cash, an instant payment solution allows payments by individuals or businesses to be made (and funds transferred and available) in real time, even during evenings and weekends when other options are unavailable.

This contrasts with other forms of money transfers and payments, including those made in-store and online with debit and credit cards, that can take several days to reach target accounts.

Under new proposals from SPA, real time transfers could be made available to consumers in-store using an Instant Payment Card or smartphone app – in the same way as we would pay using the contact or contactless functionality on conventional chip and PIN debit or credit cards today.

Designed to illustrate the possibility of this new in-store way to pay, the proposals by SPA showcase an approach that complies with existing EMV standards and takes advantage of existing payment terminals already widely adopted and operating across Europe.

There are significant benefits of doing so. By initiating instant payments at the POS using a payment card or app issued by banks, consumers would not only enjoy the fluidity, convenience and familiarity of conventional card-based payments, they would have more choice in how they pay. Merchants would be able to leverage existing POS infrastructures, while banks would benefit from reach and co-existence with today’s card schemes.

Alain Martin, President at SPA, who authored the paper, explains: “By showcasing how to make it possible to extend pan European instant payment options into the retail space, our proposals illustrate the art of the possible. They aim to build on the enthusiasm for such a solution amongst many retailers – further raising interest and triggering discussions within the wider payments industry.

SPA would be pleased to engage with interested parties to pursue these discussions and contribute to the creation of a pan European payment solution based on instant credit transfer.

A more detailed synopsis and the full paper is available here

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Gabriela Nistor – director general adjunct BT

Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”


In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale?